While the purpose of these books is clearly explained in the introduction and further expanded upon in the reading reinforcement exercises at the end of the early reader, they still may not be the most exciting selections for beginning readers. Repetition and simple sentences often lead to success in reading. This series reminded me a lot of both Dick and Jane and The Bobsey Twins books that I read as a child. The stories that Hillert has written focus on daily life and the retelling of classic fairy tales. The ones that relate to early years in a kids' life are more successful than the watered down and sanitized versions of legends and fairy tales. I Love You Dear Dragon is just a sweet story of a boy and his family, which includes a pet dragon. Heart shapes abound, including a big one on the cover, and this story could easily fit into a Valentine's Day unit. The cartoon style illustrations feature a young boy who looks older than one who would be reading this book. From the "Beginning to Read" series.